Have you ever tried virtual desktops? They have been a standard feature of Unix desktops for many years. Basically, you can switch between desktops so that, if you have a lot of open windows but want to segregate your activities, you can do that be devoting certain activities to certain desktops. The simplest such application is part of the sysinternals suite. You can find the whole suite at the sysinternals web site. The virtual desktop suite is called desktops.exe. There is no installer for these apps. Just drop the folder somewhere and create shortcuts to the apps that you want to use.
Another one that I’m trying now is called Dexpot . It’s much more sophisticated with all kinds of options that you’ll probably never use. One useful feature is that you can move or copy windows from one desktop to the next. The last such app I’ll mention is VirtuaWin . It has quite a few features too.
Update: I’ve settled on VirtuaWin. It has everything that I need and is simple to use and configure. There are a number of modules available that extend its features.
- Dexpot Gives Windows 7 Multiple Virtual Desktop Capabilities (helpdeskgeek.com)